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The process of seed germination can be complex and is influenced by many factors. Natural Area strive to provide a wide range of native species for commercial revegetation and achieve this by continually experimenting with germination and propagation techniques and methodologies. We focus on species which are recalcitrant and notoriously difficult to grow by seed and trial cuttings from these species. We are always researching the latest findings from the IPPS and ANPC. We are open to discussing Client’s needs for provenance species which are not readily available from other commercial and wholesale nurseries.
Germination methods are widely researched prior going to trial, and time and care is taken to ensure the correct conditions and cues are simulated to induce germination. Some of our methods include using Jasmonic acid (JA), Gibberellic acid (GA), enzymes, weathering, smoke, bog, temperature variation and scarification.
Commercialised products such as IBDU and Osmocote® are essential for plant growth but in some circumstances may not be beneficial to some species. Natural Area are conducting on-going nutrition trials for specific native species which typically have a high mortality rate. We have experimented with lime water, salt water and Iron Chelate with promising results.